PartyPoker Cancels First Five Pokerfest Events PartyPoker Cancels First Five Pokerfest Events
Key Takeaways
  • Five of the six events scheduled to start Pokerfest were cancelled.
  • Technical issues blamed, although players point to significant overlays had the events ran.
  • Event 6 did run, and met its overlay during late registration.

PartyPoker suspended, then cancelled, the first five events in its spring Pokerfest tournament series Sunday.

In total, $482,500 was guaranteed in prizes across the five events, including a $215-buyin NLHE event with an assured $350k prize pool.

Players who registered for the tournaments had their buy-ins refunded.

According to player reports, Event 1 had a significant overlay at its scheduled start time.

A representative was not immediately available to comment on the withdrawal. Players report that support staff blamed the problem on technical issues.

Two freeroll tournaments will run as an apology for the last minute cancellation, according to at least one report, with a combined $15k value given away in tournament ticket prizes.

The 6th and final event of the day—and the largest buyin, a $530-buyin, $250k-guaranteed tournament—did run, after it was suspended for reportedly 15 minutes. In total 501 players registered for the event, just covering the guarantee. First prize of $50k was awarded to the victor in the early hours of Monday morning.